Why did the Mets say no to a pretty reasonable Halladay offer?

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I mentioned nine potential trading partners in my silly little Roy Halladay post yesterday,
but I didn’t mention the Mets who, unlike most of those other teams,
apparently received and rejected a proposal from the Jays. The rumor
comes via TwitterSpeak from Jon Heyman:

#mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays

That would be Francisco Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Ruben
Tejada. Which, despite what Mets fans will tell you, is not some elite
package or anything. If that’s all it takes to get Halladay, I’m going
to have to revise my “Halladay is not going anywhere” mantra.

I’m more interested in this from the Mets’ perspective. I suspect
saying no to this means that the Mets are acknowledging the reality of
their situation, and that’s that they’re not in the playoff race this
year. I further suspect that their saying no means that the Jays are
making good on their “no one gets to talk to Halladay about extensions
threat from last week and/or that the Mets don’t have the dough to
spend on a Halladay extension. After all, the Mets have to do this deal
if they think they’re contenders or if they can be assured of having
Halladay around for a while, because really, the requested package is
less than they paid to get Johan Santana.

Of course there’s one final possibility: The Mets are simply broke and can’t pay the dude.

UPDATE: OK, maybe all of this is bogus.

(link via BTF)

Who is the fastest sprinter in baseball?

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We’re not talking the 100 meters here. We’re talking practical baseball sprinting. That’s defined by the StatCast folks at MLB as “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window,” while sprinting for the purposes of, you know, winning a baseball game.

StatCast ranked all players who have at least 10 “max effort” runs this year. I won’t give away who is at the top of this list, but given that baseball’s speedsters tend to get a lot of press you will not be at all surprised. As for the bottom of the list, well, the Angels don’t pay Albert Pujols to run even when he’s not suffering from late career chronic foot problems, so they’ll probably let that one go. I will say, however, that I am amused that the third slowest dude in baseball is named “Jett,” however.

Lately people have noticed some odd things about home run distances on StatCast, suggesting that maybe their metrics are wacko. And, of course, their means of gauging this stuff is proprietary and opaque, so we have no way of knowing if their numbers are off the reservation or not. As such, take all of the StatCast stuff you see with a grain of salt.

That said, even if the feet-per-second stuff is wrong here, knowing that Smith is faster than Jones by a factor of X is still interesting.

Here are the final All-Star voting results before the close of balloting

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All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.

Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE